Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekend Preview: September 26th - 28th, 2014

Weekend Events

Someone once told us laughter is the best medicine. While it hasn't done much for my asthma attacks, it is a great break from a rough work week. Check out the Orlando Indie Comedy Fest going on from the 25th - 28th, $5 per day at various locations. I'm just hoping someone carries on The Aristocrats joke...

Thursday, September 25th

I worry we are raising the bar on getting our Weekend Previews out on time. I mean, we are VERY lazy so don't go expecting this level of efficiency all the time people. With that being said, we are excited to tell you about Sushi & Seoul On The Roll's 3 year anniversary throwdown happening at Thirsty Topher from 6-10pm. Free 312 Goose Island with every purchase and avocado fries!

Friday, September 26th

Hey smelly cats, test out your knowledge of the 90's show that taught us how to love (Ross & Rachel 4-eva) and that somehow a waitress and a baker can easily rent a spacious 2-bedroom in Manhattan. Friends Trivia Night at Bikes, Beans, and Bordeaux starts at 7pm and is free, which is good in case you lost your apartment because you didn't know the answer to what name is on the TV Guide that gets delivered to the apartment. (It's Mrs. Chanandler Bong, duh.) And if you don't get that reference, see the gif below.

We mean this with love.
If books are more your speed, Functionally Literate is being held this time at the Art & History Museums of Maitland starting at 8pm and is free as always!

Saturday, September 27th

Get ready for the first ever Artlando event from 11am-6pm, with the After Dark portion from 6pm-midnight. A free event with tons of performers, artist booths, and live art being created. Held at Loch Haven Park and will include free entry to the Orlando Museum of Art!

Does the love of your life have four paws and drools? Because ours does. Barktoberfest to benefit Orange County Animal Services is in full swing from 10am-4pm at Lake Eola. This free event will have food trucks galore, cute pups wandering around, free microchipping, $5 rabies vaccinations, and different raffles and events.

Bonus: make sure little fido is lookin' good with a wash before at the annual Shampooch event going on walking distance away on Washington St. from 9am-4pm!

Calling all young Carl Sagans- Seminole State College is holding their Fall Star Festival from 6-10:30pm for free. You can gaze at the stars, enjoy presentations, eat at the many food trucks, and enjoy a bunch of various activities for children and adults!

You know what I love? Winning. Even if it means cheating. Join me and other shameful winners in Game Changer's Cheaters Always Prosper Charity Lock-In! $15 gets you in at 9pm at CoolStuffGames in Maitland where you'll be able to nerd out and buy cheat cards, because nothing feels better than watching your opponent freak out and flip the table when  you utterly destroy them. Our mom tells us winning in an honest manner is actually better, but she's never won a tournament so don't listen to her.

Sunday, September 28th

Is this how you German?
Get your wiener on from 4-8pm at Stardust Video & Coffee for their 6th annual Dustoberfest! There will be beer, there will be krout, and above all there will be a bunch of Americans trying and failing to recreate an authentic Oktoberfest celebration. So basically it'll be awkwardly awesome.

What are you doing in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Weekend Preview: September 19th - 21st, 2014

Weekend Events

Have you been on the hunt for the perfect rusty "BEER" sign? Just us then? Either way, all weekend long Art Angels Market is having their Annual Fall Flea Bazaar with funky junk, apple cider, and possibly the most interesting people watching you'll find this weekend. Free, 5515 S. Orange Ave. from Sept 19-20.

Thursday, September 18th

Horns for Heroes has the goal of saving rhinos through art. Join this very important cause by attending this free art show at The Abbey from 7:00 to 11:00pm where top local and international artists have taken rhino statues and worked their artistic magic on them to create unique masterpieces. All art will be auctioned off by 11:00pm so get there with enough time to bid on your favorites!

Not feeling horny enough? Well, check out the opening reception for Donna Dowless' "Dresses: Objects of Art" show at Gallery at Avalon Island in DT Orlando. Free, 6:00 - 9:00pm, light bites and refreshments served & specialty beer provided by City Beverages.

Friday, September 19th

While we don't get much of a change in weather in the Fall, we can always use an excuse to clean out our closets and go shopping! Do just that at the OPP Fall Swap & Shop from 6:00 to 9:00pm, $10-15. It's not just clothes (shoes, jewelry, etc.) and it's not just for ladies (men & kids clothes welcome), so do your part to reduce and reuse for the planet! Unless it's underwear--throw that shit away.

We know we're not the only ones to see the Purple Purse posts all over social media lately. So, how about you get your wine tasting on at Tim's Wine Market in Oviedo for a good cause. $10 gets you wine samples, and awesome hors d'oeuvres (yes, I had to google the spelling...). This event, Wine Tasting for a Cause, benefits Harbor House's Purple Purse Campaign about economic empowerment; 5:30pm.

Saturday, September 20th

Shopping, entertainment, and drinking! All along one of Orlando's busiest streets! What could go wrong?! (Kidding, but please be careful, you boozehounds.) Ivanhoe Village Main Street presents
VIRGINIA DR. LIVE, with a wine stroll, beer garden, henna, and shopping. Free, 6:00 - 10:00pm, 817 Virginia Dr.

Put on your fancy pants and stick your pinkies in the air when you attend the Opening Night 2014: Mahler Symphony No. 1 by the Orlando Philharmonic. $17 for students, 8:30pm. EDIT: Student rush tickets are only $12! Find out more on the Phil's Facebook page.

If you're not feeling up to putting a tie on or shaving your legs (we totes understand), you can still feel like a VIP because Zwanze Day is back again!  Once a year, Belgium’s Cantillon brewery releases a limited number of kegs called Zwanze and Redlight Redlight got one, because duh Orlando Doesn't Suck. Limit is one pour per person and you have to pre-purchase it for $6. Pouring will actually start at 5:00pm but they will sell out, so get on it you beer snobs.

Sunday, September 21st

Pump up those bicycle tires or bust out your best walking shoes, CICLOVIA by reThink Your Commute is here. Robinson Street will be car-free from 10:00am to 3:00pm with tons of activities for all ages. I'll finally learn how to attach my bike to the front of a bus instead of duct taping it to the side during my commute. Free, on Robinson St. along Lake Eola.

Global Peace Day is today, so catch the last day of the Global Peace Film Festival happening around Winter Park. Various prices, including some free movies!

Bonus weekend news:

Your TheOrlandoan founders, Andi & Alex, got ENGAGED! If you want to leave them a little love Orlando-style, tell them your favorite romantic moment you've experienced in Orlando in the comments!

What are you doing in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekend Preview: September 12th - 14th, 2014

There is so much happening this weekend, and most of it is for a good cause!

Weekend Events

The Maker Faire at the Orlando Science Center is here once again all weekend long. Starting at 10:00am on Saturday through 5:00pm on Sunday. $12-29. Get your DIY on. (Someone bring us back a robot.)

Don't miss the showings of MONSTER: A very special varieTEASE going on all weekend. It's an experiment in storytelling and don't forget to check out the website for clues and behind the scenes footage! $15-18, The Venue, Fri 12th & Sat 13th with doors opening at 8:00pm.

Thursday, September 11th

Bonus- we actually got out weekend preview out early! We did this to tell you about the awesome Thursday events, namely the 19th Nerd Nite which will feature nerd trivia for the first time ever. 7:00pm, free, Stardust Video & Coffee. Be there and be square. (4 tickets will be given away at Nerd Nite for the Maker Faire- I know right!?)

Also don't miss the Popcorn Flicks in the Park showing of Napoleon Dynamite at 8:00pm on Park Ave. for free. Get there early to get close to the screen because those Winter Park mom's don't play when staking out the good spots.

Friday, September 12th

IDEAS For Us is hosting a fundraiser with a screening of the new movie, "Disruption", at 6:45pm in the courtyard of East End Market. Following the movie there will be a discussion about what we can do to affect climate change. There will be light refreshments and while it's technically a free event, there is a suggested (and encouraged by us!) donation.

Who doesn't love a fear boner? Get yours by attending the Skill Focus: Burlesque presents Horror! at The Venue. $10-15, doors at 10:00pm, show at 11:00pm.

Saturday, September 13th

We normally stick to our $20 limit, but once in a blue moon we bend that rule if it's for a good cause. The Quack Attack on Poverty 5K is worth the extra bucks in Community Food & Outreach Center's fight to end homelessness and poverty. $29, 8:00am, Lake Baldwin Trail at Baldwin Park. The 5K will feature bubble, squirt gun and quack zones and you'll be wearing an inflatable duck-shaped pool float. I mean, come on, that screams new profile picture. Tickets still available!

The Super Mega Awesome 19th Anniversary Party!!! is happening at Will's Pub starting at 5:00pm, $10, 18+.

The Orlando Story Club, along with WMFE and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, presents Food, Glorious Food. A storytelling event open to the public with prizes for the best five minute story. $15 donation, 7:30pm, Second Harvest location.

Sunday, September 14th

How about a little yoga to cure that hangover? Yoga in Lake Eola Park is always free and happens every Sunday at 11:00am. That gives you enough time to sleep in, have some coffee or a mimosa (hair of the dog, amirite?), and clean off last night's makeup before heading over to the corner of Robinson and Eola Dr.- across from Panara- to get your OM on.

What are you doing in Orlando this weekend? Leave a comment!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekend Preview: September 5th - September 7th, 2014

Casa Feliz in Winter Park / Orlando, Live Classical Music for Free

Weekend Events

Top Pick!
If you haven't been (and if you have, you should go again!), visit TheDailyCity Pop Up Shop all weekend long. The shop if full of local goods made by 30 local artists and designers. Hours are Friday noon to 8:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 6:00pm. Oh, and psst, be on the lookout for three new Orlandoan shirt designs!

Friday, September 5th

Start your weekend the fit way and join CommuteOrlando for the First Friday Bike Ride, meeting in the Mennello Museum parking lot at 6:00pm.

The Faith Arts Village Orlando is hosting its Motel Studios @ FAVO First Friday Art Show from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Come see 36 visiting and permanent artists' studios, buy original pieces, and eat at one of the food trucks.

Don't miss September's installation of Leu Gardens' Date Night Movie. The gardens open at 6:00pm and the movie starts at 8:00pm. Grab your tickets (free for members, $6 adults, $3 kids) and bring your picnic blankets and wine to see Stuck in Love. Up north, Casselberry's Lake Concord Park is showing The LEGO Movie for free as part of the Movie in the Park series. The movie starts at dusk, but come early to visit the food and drink vendors. 

Stop by Orlando Brewing this Friday night for happy hour until 6:00pm and stay for live music (acoustic Americana / indie rock) by local band Beemo at 9:00pm.

Friday Night 80s/90s Trivia, anyone? It's happening this Friday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Harp & Celt, where you can make stupid guesses provide answers for your chance to win a $30 gift card.

Saturday, September 6th

It's like the adult swim of the museum world: Science Night Live. It's your chance to see all of the exhibits with special presentations, live music, trivia, food, and drinks (that also means it's a 21+ event). It's all going down from 8:00 to 11:00pm and tickets are free for members and $15 for non-members.

Florida Coffee Symposium Orlando 2014 East End Market

Top Pick!

Local coffee blogger Jimmy Sherfey first presented his idea for the Florida Coffee Symposium at the Orlando SOUP's inaugural event this past May. This weekend, it's happening! Specialty coffee vendors from across the state will convene to discuss all things coffee, from fair trade and supply chains to retail trends and, of course, what makes a good cup. Events will occur at different times from 8:30am to 5:00pm at different price points; the General Expo and short sessions are free and open to the public from 11:00am to 5:00pm in East End Market's upstairs main room.

Pokemon Stadium Tournament for charity. Need we say more? It's happening this Saturday from 2:00 to 6:00pm at The Geek Easy; $10 to enter or donate whatever you can to be a spectator.

Sunday, September 7th

Relax into Sunday with Music at the Casa, Casa Feliz's Sunday open house with classical musicians Aaron Hilbun, Lisa Ferrigno, and Friends. This free event is from noon to 3:00pm and includes a tour of the house museum and light refreshments. 

What did we miss?? Leave a comment below!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 29th - August 31st, 2014

Summer might almost be over (despite the 99 degrees in my car yesterday), but events in Orlando are starting to heat up again.

Weekend Events

The Central Florida Film Festival is happening all weekend. Hosted in a nifty little theater in Ocoee, single tickets are $10, or get an all-day pass to hide out from the heat for $25 (which includes entry to all of the day's movies, one medium popcorn, one medium drink, and three Audience Choice Award ballots). 

If haven't seen it already, stop by the Gallery at Avalon Island in Downtown to view 13 photographers' exhibits for TrIP - Transit Interpretation Project, which includes our very own Tina Craig! The galleries are open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00am to 6:00pm. 

Not only is the Brevard Zoo turning 20 this year, it's also hosting its annual Cold-Blooded Weekend, from August 30th through September 1st. Every day from 10:00am to 3:00pm, meet venomous snakes, alligator snapping turtles, diamondback terrapins (aka more turtles), and other critters, complete with activities and prizes. 

Friday, August 29th

Last Fridays = Critical Mass in Orlando, so grab your bike and head to Loch Haven Park for a 5:20pm departure. Oh, and it's called Hot Azz August Critical Blast, because, you know: August in Orlando.

The Milk Bar hosts a special Full Band Acoustic Show with MILKA this Friday at 10:00pm. No cover, 21+.

Okay, here's something lame about me: I still haven't seen The Fifth Element. But that's no excuse to miss The Fifth Element Trivia at Bikes, Beans  Bordeaux. It's happening this Friday night at 7:00pm.

Saturday, August 30th

Heavy F**king Metal Art Show is kicking off this Saturday, 8:00pm, at The Falcon. Metal art, metal music, and beer. What else do you want?

Aaah, Saturdays. So full of opportunity to be that better you: go for a run, buy some local groceries, clean your house... Well, at least you can achieve one of those by attending a Saturday farmers market, such as the Casselberry Farmers Market (9:00am to 1:30pm) and the Winter Park Farmer's Market (7:00am to 1:00pm). (The jury is still out whether it's Farmers or Farmer's...)

Noles, listen up: Wall Street Plaza is hosting a Garnet & Gold Watch Party this Saturday starting at 8:00pm. The event includes $2 Coors Light for the first half, $12.50 buckets, and free shots when the FSU scores.

The Orlando Facial Hair Club is meeting again at Oblivion Taproom for Burgers, Beers and Beards (Saturday at 8:00pm). Come for the beer, stay for the raffle, stickers, shirts, and hats. 

Sunday, August 31st

Come out an support your Orlando City Soccer Club this Sunday as they take on the Dayton Dutch Lions at ESPN Wide World of Sports at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $19.

The regular Sunday Funday Block Party turns Labor Day Block Party at Wall Street Plaza this weekend, starting this Sunday at 3:00pm.

What are you up to this weekend? Leave a comment!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 22nd - August 24th, 2014

Get ready to kick it in Orlando this weekend, folks!


Friday and Saturday - Get ready for a second chance to watch Corsets & Cuties: a Burlesque Cabaret (the first weekend was sold out quick)! Check them out at The Venue. $14, Cocktail hour at 8pm, show at 9pm.


Got a great job? Willing to lose it for a day of free beer?? Check out Wall Street Plaza's City Skip Day. It starts at noon, because who gets up early to play hooky?

Naw? Not risque enough for you? No worries, Nerd Nite is having a killer happy hour at Howl at the Moon which includes free admission, a free happy hour buffet, two $1 drink tickets, and a wet t-shirt contest! No. That's a lie. It's a dry t-shirt contest for the nerdiest shirt. But you know you have a punny shirt you want to show off. 6-8pm. Be sure to RSVP here!

Get your art and culture on- Head over to Sanford for the Sanford Art Walk (6pm) and stick around for the 2014 Love Your Shorts Film Festival Summer Rewind (8pm) where $5 gets you in to watch 8 of the favorite shorts from around the world.

Got a surreal story to tell? Drop your name in a hat at the Orlando Story Club's Public Story Slam where 10 randomly selected attendees get 5 minutes to tell their tale and randomly selected judges pick a winner. Or, in other words, an introvert's worst nightmare. Surreal – Stories to Make You Go 'Huh?' starts at 7:00pm at OMA. $12 advance, $15 at the door


Do something for someone else. While stuffing your face full of cheese. Give in to your gluttony at O-town Mac-down where professional chefs will be showcasing their favorite mac & cheese recipes! Oh yes, Toasted will be there with their mac & cheese sandwich. $10 if you order your ticket online before Friday at 5pm or $15 at the door, benefitting Give Kids the World Village (a ridiculously cool getaway for kids with life-threatening illnesses). 11am - 4pm

Like local food? How about local art? Get your fix at Homegrown Coop's Eat Your ART Out art show. Free to attend with some great music and free snacks, but grab some groceries and support the Coop at this fundraiser! 7pm - 10pm


"That'll do, pig. That'll do." reminisce about that herding porker at The Enzian's Peanut Butter Matinee of Babe at 12pm.
Bodcast Broadcast: A Body-Positive Burlesque Show by Polylust

Wait! Did I hear you say that you needed more burlesque in your weekend? Catch the Bodcast Broadcast: A Body-Positive Burlesque Show by Polylust at Will's Pub. 18+ $5 at the door. Did we mention that Dr. Buttstallion will be making an appearance?

Dig the tiny house movement? Never realized that there is a tiny house community in Orlando? Me neither! But this weekend they're opening their minuscule places for a pot-luck and some small house chatting. Head over to the College Park Village RV/Tiny House Community for Open [Tiny] Houses in Orlando!3-5 pm Tiny House Tours, 5-6 pm Potluck Dinner and Social. Because why the hell not?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Preview: August 15th - August 16th, 2014

A male review / circus combo, a farewell party, and kinky shopping--this weekend is gettin' weird.

Friday, August 15th

Who needs Cirque du Soleil when you have the American Circus Arts Academy Grand Opening that has three shows in one! Everything you could imagine about a circus with a bonus male review at the end, along with several auctions throughout the night. Starts at 6:00pm, $10 for one show, $15 for 2, or $20 for all 3.

On behalf of the I.D.E.A.S. initiative "Project Rethink" (seen at the first OrlandoSOUP!), Shine Shed brings you a night of art, music, and a little bit of thought in their Industrial Roots art show. Get groovy with us while pondering the effects of WASTE and the many ways we can reduce it! Repent! AND confess your environmental wrong doings at the Environmental Confessional Booth! No judgement, just improvement.

Saturday, August 16th

So you just got paid and are in the market for some new jewelry, or toys, or... bondage rope, right? Don't get your knickers in a twist (unless you're into that), the Woodshed Orlando has a Shopping Extravaganza! where you can pick up anything from floggers to regular greeting cards. Shopping will never have made you feel so guilty; 3:00-7:00pm.

Would you rather pick up some vintage clothes while listening to great music from Lazy Afternoon? Well, lucky for you Retromended Vintage in Ivanhoe is having a 2 Year Anniversary Courtyard Party from 2:00 to 6:00pm with refreshments and 25% off the whole store (and plenty of $5-$10 goodies!).

No matter what stage of grief you're in, it's happening Orlando--we are losing BBQ Bar, Eye Spy, and Sky Sixty. But not before we re-live our early-'20s (for those reading this that are currently in your early-'20s, get off our lawn...we mean that in the most bitter and jealous way possible) by joining BBQ Bar in celebrating with them for their Bittersweet 16 Party

[We at theORLANDOAN have a special place in our hearts for BBQ Bar because it's where our lovely sister met her husband, as well as Eye Spy where our Instagramer first hung out with her husband. Join us in celebrating all the drunk photobooth pictures, the wallpaper made out of band stickers, the and all the sweaty dancing while wearing flannel in the middle of the summer that was had over the years. Raise your PBRs to the memories made and keep an eye out for your favorite knick knack decoration because we hear they will be auctioning off some things later this month!]

You know how the rest of the country thinks Florida is this haven of sunshine and beaches and horrible political decisions? The last one is true, but by this time during the year true Floridians have two strong words for the sweltering heat, humidity, and the sun. The Milk District is having a party that captures those two words perfectly- Body//Talk's Fuck Summer party. There will be DJs spinning and an area with face-painting, hopscotch, and jump ropes for all your silly party needs. Starts at 9pm.

Sunday, August 17th

You know what my car really needs? Free gas. But also a wash! Thornton Park is doing a community Car Wash to benefit their Tree Lighting Beautification Project. Cars will get washed at Wildside BBQ & Grill from 11:00am to 2:00pm. (There will be no free gas.)

Speaking of ways to support your local charities, the Orange County Animal Services and Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is throwing a Canines, Cats & Cabaret event at the Orlando REP  where 100% of the proceeds go directly to the care of Orange County's homeless animals. $25, 7:30-10:00pm, cash bar, cute animals, human performers.

What are you up to this weekend? 
Leave a comment!